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Dragon's Wood by Janet Lee Carey

Monday, January 2, 2012
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.

Goodreads Summary

Looking for a strong female main character?  Tess is a wonderful character to get to know.  She is strong, determined, and intelligent; all of the qualities a reader could imagine that would make her the exact antithesis of that "needs a prince to save her" female main character.  Tess needs to utilize her natural intellect in order to get herself out of quite a few sticky situations. 

Tess has always been drawn to the woods; the woods are not the safest place to be, it is rumored that fairies, dragons, etc... are within the woods.  On a whim, Tess decides to wander into the woods and is ostracized and accused of being a witch when she emerges.  She runs from the accusations and promise of possible death with her two friends, also accused of witchcraft.  The story takes off from there. 

Tess is a great character and her friends and love interest are pretty intriguing as well.  The reader will like the love interest, though the reader may be wary like Tess of his actual intent.  Tess's friends are the type the reader would love to have; they were very loyal and brave.  The events of this novel were fairly fast-paced and exciting.  The author infuses the plot with magic as well as doses of realism.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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